Sago tongs

Reference : 1955

Known as “Tapak”, representing the Janus face of an ancestor.
She wears the “Wagnen” or insider’s crest on her head.
Dark patina wood, rattan.
Height: 39cm
20th century
Wosera population. Abelam.
Papua New Guinea

Source :
-The Jolika collection by John and Marcia Friede, Rye. New York

Price: €1,900

This clamp was used to hold a sago palm leaf, folded into a trough shape to extract the flour from the heart of the palm.
Sago flour was a staple food in many parts of Papua New Guinea.

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